Your Calling

Your Calling

One of the coolest parts of my job is that I get to talk to lots of interesting people. Yesterday I got to interview Dick and Martha Lyles for our American Catholic Radio program on discipleship. Dick and Martha were at our studios to record the audiobook version of their forthcoming book from Servant Books, Answer Your Call: Reclaim God’s Purpose for Faith, Family, and Work.

Martha, Dick, and I had a warm conversation about discipleship. How do we hear God calling us? (Listen). How does God speak? (In our hearts, and through the people around us.) Isn’t this just for priests and nuns? (No way!)  And on we talked, about humility, preparation, following Jesus, then going forth as a disciple to share his Good News.

God has plan for each of us. Our job is to listen and to trust. We went for about 20 minutes; then I turned things over to St. Anthony Messenger assistant editor Christopher Heffron, who conducted an interview in preparation for an article that we’ll publish some months from now.

Dick is a successful businessman, speaker, author, movie producer, and now host of The Catholic Business Hour on EWTN. Martha counts a career as a print-and-TV-model and Maric College cofounder (with Dick) among her many credits. Together they headed back to San Diego at day’s end. This husband and wife of four-plus decades have spent a lifetime helping each other to become the people God is calling them to be. I was left thinking, Wow, what a deep and rich conversation! Then I thought: And I get paid for this? But I can feel it in my bones—it’s what I’m wired to do: talk to people, hear their stories, and help share their stories with others.

I’ve always thought of it as my calling.  I look forward to reading their book (or listening!) and learning a little more about that.

Photos by Lindsey Simmons


About the Author

John Feister is editor in chief of St. Anthony Messenger magazine. He has a B.A. in American Studies from University of Dayton, and master's degrees in Humanities and in Theology from Xavier University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada, and was previously an adviser to the Communications Committee of the U.S. Catholic bishops (2000-2006). His latest book, Thank You, Sisters: Stories of Women Religious and How They Enrich Our Lives is available from the Franciscan Media catalog. He has cauthored four books with Richard Rohr (Franciscan Media), and coauthored, with Charlene Smith, the biography of Thea Bowman (Orbis books).